Other than watching 1080p HD movies and TV shows from iTunes, it’s great to watch your purchased Blu-ray titles on your wide screen TV through the new Apple TV 3rd Generation with Full HD 1080p quality. If you have a very expensive surround system and definitely want to watch Blu-ray movies in 5.1,you need a Blu-ray to Apple TV 3 Converter to help you rip movies to 1080p video for Apple TV 3 with ac3 5.1 sounds (Dolby Digital 5.1 pass-through). Apple TV 3 itself can not play 5.1 audio directly, it needs the receiver in your surround system to decode the 5.1 audio into six channels and distribute them to six speakers. So really, the Apple TV 3 doesn't need to decode 5.1 audio, it only needs to hand the surround audio stream to a receiver than can decode those formats.
Read a detailed guide on how to convert Blu-ray to Apple TV 3 supported 1080p video with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through.
Pavtube Blu-ray to Apple TV 3 Converter
Step 1: Launch Pavtube Blu-ray Ripper for Apple TV 3rd Gen, and load your Blu-ray source files to the program via clicking Blu-ray disc icon in the upper left corner of the main interface. When the movie files are loaded, simply tick off the checkbox before the movie title you want to rip for Apple TV 3 Gen.
Step 2: Choose “Apple TV 3 Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v)” preset as output
Pavtube Blu-ray to Apple TV 3 Converter has a number of presets for Apple TV, Apple TV 2, and Apple TV 3rd Generation, to export a Apple TV 3 1080p video with ac3 5.1 passthrough for AV receiver decoding, “Apple TV 3 Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v)” preset is recommended.
The best video format and settings for streaming Blu-ray to Apple TV 3 with 5.1 surround sound:
Format: Apple TV 3 Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v) Video Settings Audio Settings Codec: h264
Bit Rate: 6,000 kbps
Frame Rate: 30 fps
Sample Rate: 48,000hz
Bit Rate:160,000 bps
When you choosing “Apple TV 3 Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v)” as output, an AC-3 encoded audio track will also be included for Apple TV 3 to Pass-through Dolby Digital 5.1 sound (also know as AC3 5.1), so that it will work in surround sound when Apple TV 3 is connected to audio receiver, and in stereo when Apple TV Gen 3 is connected with TV only.
By the way, if you wanna encode a Blu-ray DVD movie for a quality playback on both the Apple TV 3 and iPad 3, the “Apple TV 3 Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v)”preset is also a recommended choice.
Step 3: Convert Blu-ray to Apple TV Gen 3
Click Convert button to rip Blu ray for Apple TV 3 Gen. When the ripping task is done, you will get a 1080p M4V video for ATV 3 with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through by clicking Open button. Continue reading how to set up Apple TV for streaming HD videos with Dolby Digital 5.1 sounds?